Buddhism Class Assembly Script
An informative class assembly on the key facets of Buddhism.
The cast includes Prince Siddhartha who later came to be known as the Buddha, his parents King Sudhodhana and Queen Maya and a set of enthusiastic monks keen to teach young students about their religion. The pack includes a power point which can be used as a background for the class performance. It also includes song suggestions to be used as part of the assembly. In this assembly the audience will meet Prince Siddhartha’s (the Buddha’s) father who shielded his son from all pain and suffering. They will see how he broke out of the palace walls and will witness the four important people he saw that changed Prince Siddhartha’s life. They will learn through the monks, the important elements of Buddhism and how Buddhists worship. The assembly is set against the historical background story of Prince Siddhartha and how he reached enlightenment and how Buddhists all over the world strive to do the same by following his example.
Key Stage: Key stage KS2
Style: Informative and amusing
Number of children: A skit for 30 children but can be edited to accommodate for more or less
Duration: 20 minute performance but can be edited
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Ladies and gentleman please welcome King Sudodhana and his beautiful wife Maya!
(Enter king and queen with a baby in the queen's hands. They stand centre stage)
Thank you oh beautiful queen! Today you have given me the most precious gift ever! My wonderful son Prince Siddhartha! (Takes the baby doll in his hands and kisses it)
Thank you husband but there is a very religious man outside who wants to speak to us about our child!
On this special day, anyone can say anything to me! Let him enter!
(Guards bring on a very old man wearing very old clothes)
I am here to foretell your son's future! He will grow up to be someone "Great"!
What do you mean "Great"?
He will either grow up to save people from the evils of the world or be a great military hero!
Well then, I shall protect him until he is that age and reaches his fate. He
will not suffer any pain or see any suffering!
(All go off stage)
And there came a time when Prince Siddhartha couldn't stand it any longer.
(Stands centre stage, his hands on his head)
Guards get the chariot out! I want to see the world outside of these walls!
(2 Horsemen set up four chairs. Prince Siddhartha sits on back chairs with the 2 horsemen at the front mimicking a horse and carriage. The two horsemen pull the reins and make galloping sounds)
Wow! It's a wonderful world (Looking around) I can't believe I was caged up
in that big house. I want to see more.
(Horsemen pull the reins and make galloping sounds again for 2 to 3 seconds)
Hold on stop! (The galloping stops) Who is that?
(Crosses the road in front of him slowly on his crutches)
It is a very old man, your majesty. This is how you get when you get older. There are not many old people in your palace so you don't know.
He seems so frail and weak and needs looking after
Well we will all come to that your majesty. (Gets off and helps the old man cross the road)
Thank you young man. (Walks weakly on)
(Enter monks and children)
Child 1 and 2
We want to be monks.
Being a monk isn't easy! Are you sure?
Yes...What do we have to do?
You will be awakened at 5.am by a bell (Bell rings)
You will meditate for 2 hours preferably in the lotus position. (Show slide)
You will have a bit of food if people bring you some.
You will then have to learn about the scriptures! (Unrolls a scroll)
Some lunch if people are kind enough to give you some.
Followed by an afternoon of learning. (Thumps books in child's hands)
You will go to bed early so that you can wake up early at 5 am again.
Well what do you think?
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